Originally created 09/13/99

Sutton cruises in Canada

OAKVILLE, Ontario -- Hal Sutton is going to his first Ryder Cup in 12 years and playing some of the best golf of his life.

In a dominant display of driving and clutch putting, Sutton ran away from the field in the Canadian Open on Sunday, closing with a 3-under 69 in crusty, rock-hard conditions for a three-stroke victory over Dennis Paulson.

Sutton finished at 275 for the widest margin of victory in the Canadian Open since 1987. He becomes only the fourth American on the Ryder Cup team to win this year, but Sutton has been in the hunt just about every week.

He finally made it pay off by quickly pulling away from Lee Janzen and then nearly making an ace on No. 15 for his sixth birdie of the day.

Janzen had a one-stroke lead over Sutton when the final round began in opposite winds than the first three days, but he was one of several potential contenders who crumbled at Glen Abbey Golf Club.

The victory was worth $450,000 and pushed him to more than $1.9 million for the year. It also was his 12th top-10 finish of the year -- only Tiger Woods (13) has more.


So much for the "Walkover Cup."

Britain and Ireland surged back Sunday to defeat the United States and capture the Walker Cup. The British-Irish team won 10 of a possible 12 points on the final day, resulting in a record 15-9 victory in Nairn, Scotland.

It was only the fifth victory in 77 years for Britain-Ireland in amateur golf's most prestigious event, but it also marked three wins in the last six attempts.

This was Britain-Ireland's biggest victory, an improbable comeback from a 7-5 deficit after Saturday.

This was victory was the latest by international golf teams over the once indomitable United States. In the Ryder Cup -- the professional equivalent to be played this month outside Boston -- Americans have won only two of the last seven.

In the women's amateur Curtis Cup, the U.S. has two victories in the last seven. Only the women's professional Solheim Cup gives the U.S. a recent edge with three straight wins.


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